welcome to the 69th annual

Rodeo de Santa Fe

Presented by: Zia Factory Outlet,
Maloy Mobile Storage, Christus St. Vincents, Ram,
Coca-Cola, Lithia of Santa Fe, & MillerCoors

photography by Mia Larocque and William Kierce

Rodeo de Santa Fe

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Get ready for the 69th Rodeo de Santa Fe coming to town June 20 through the 23, 2018! This year we are bringing the The Rodeo Clown Reunion, It will be a very colorful and joyous event that entertains all ages when these characters of yesterday don their familiar make-up and costumes bringing some of the best acts today.  They will sign autographs, go to local clubs, hospitals, schools, etc., for appearances.  They have been filmed for television programs by National Geographic, CNN, the cable TV show The Cowboy, and too many professional photographers to mention.

Our Bull fighters Luke Kraut and Kyle O’Hare will bring even more excitement during each performance. Get ready for the heart-pounding, dirt-slinging, action-packed performances of top PRCA rodeo athletes and top PRCA rodeo entertainment. Big time rodeo, with a small town feeling.

The Rodeo de Santa Fe began in 1949 when Roy Butler, Austin “Slim” Green, Gene Petchesky, Paul Ragle, Paul Rutledge and few others had a dream and determination to organize a professional rodeo in Santa Fe, NM. This dream exceeded their ambitious expectations and today remains one of the top 60 PRCA Rodeos in the nation. Last year’s Rodeo de Santa Fe drew
nearly 500 contestants, including many World Champion Cowboys and Cowgirls. – A roster we can expect to see again this year with more up and coming champions.

Rodeo de Santa Fe is fun for the entire family, with many events for the little ones! The Mutton Bustin ‘ and youth barrel racers continue to be a crowd favorite of young and old alike! Not to mention the carnival midway, concessions, vendors and beer and wine available in all seating areas.

Stock Contractor
Harry Vold Rodeo Company

Harry Vold was born in 1924 on a ranch just outside of Ponoka, Alberta, Canada. Eighty-eight years later, he is still running one of the largest stock contracting companies in North America. The Harry Vold Rodeo Company, based in southern Colorado, produces rodeos in seven states annually and also provides bucking stock for over 100 rodeo performances each year, including the Rodeo de Santa Fe. Known as “Duke of the Chutes”, Vold has raised some of the most acclaimed animals known to the Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association.

Harry Vold Rodeo Company has been the stock contractor for the Rodeo de Santa Fe for going on 44 consecutive years. We are pleased to welcome back his world-class livestock under the direction of his youngest daughter Kirsten, who has since taken over the reins of the program.

Please visit harryvoldrodeo.com to read more about this cowboy’s amazing rodeo contributions and achievements.

Professional Rodeo Announcer, Dan Fowlie

Born in Arizona, Dan Fowlie knew he had an immediate love for rodeo when his mother took him to the 1968 Phoenix Jaycee’s Rodeo. It wasn’t until his college years he got the opportunity to compete in rodeo as an Eastern Arizona College rodeo contestant while studying Ag Marketing. He competed and won money in 4 out of 6 of rodeo’s toughest events. Dan has been hugely attracted to the grandeur of rodeo. Like the small child he was when he saw his first rodeo, the sport of rodeo makes him feel young at heart.

Dan began announcing at rodeo’s to subsidize his fees as a contestant. Although he still
competes in the team roping at an amateur level. An injury in the steer wrestling in 1998 allowed him to refocus his rodeo efforts and channel his talent to the announcer stand. Although the demands of rodeo keep Dan on the road a lot. He really enjoys the time he gets to spend in the West Valley of Phoenix raising a family with his wife of 23 years, Annette, who also enjoys the sport of rodeo and still competes in barrel racing today. They have four wonderful children, C.J., Savannah, Macie and Sterling, all of whom compete and have won several saddles, buckles and various awards for their efforts. When not rodeo-ing, it takes the whole family to help in raising homed Corriente cattle for use in the rodeo industry.

Dan is one of less than 150 announcers nationwide with the Professional Rodeo Cowboy’s Association (PRCA). The sport of rodeo continues to keep Dan young. He believes ” being involved in rodeo has provided me the opportunity to do what I love. It’s the people that make a difference -and rodeo has the best.”

Rodeo de Santa Fe is pleased to welcome Dan back for another great year!

Welcoming this year to Rodeo de Santa Fe
Rodeo Clown Reunion

Hosting up to 40 of the best from “back in the day” of Rodeo clown entertainment.

Every night of the 4 performances these classics will be performing their specialty acts to bring young and old alike a quick laugh. They will keep you entertained and smiling through out the night.

Keep an eye out in the crowds for them trying to pull a fast one on anyone they can or grab a quick autograph from one or two of them.

Please join us in celebrating and appreciating the countless hours spent by all of those bringing smiles to our faces for years gone by and many more to come!

See you at the Rodeo!
This is an Invitation only event for past clowns, barrel men, funny man.

Ronald Burton| Barrel Man

RONALD BURTON brings over 15 years of experience as a rodeo clown and entertainer, and has thrilled rodeo fans throughout the United States. He is known for his family-friendly humor and comedy acts, which has earned him the honorable distinction, CPRA Contract Act of the Year, in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.  Ronald is dedicated to entertaining audiences, protecting the bull riders in the arena, and demonstrating professionalism and hard work behind the scenes at the rodeo. In addition, he makes personal appearances at sponsor locations, radio/TV spots, parades, and other promotional activities in support of the rodeos he works.

Ronald has appeared on ABC’s Extreme Home Makeover Home Edition, Discovery Channel’s Battleground Earth, and he is featured in the Coca-Cola advertisement for the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards. Ronald is also starring in a documentary film that chronicles his life as a rodeo clown, called Man in the Can, now available on DVD.  See the trailer and visit the website to learn more about the film.

Ronald is from Philadelphia, Mississippi, but travels all over the country entertaining rodeo fans of all ages. References available upon request.


CPRA Contract Act of the Year – 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, & 2016
CPRA Finals Barrel Man – 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, & 2016
SPBR Barrel Man of the Year- 2010 & 2012 and bullfighting honors.

Luke Kraut, PRCA Bull Fighter | Specializing in Cowboy Protection

SONY DSCMigrating from a ranch in Australia in 1995, I have become self-employed as a farrier (horse shoer) in the greater Phoenix area, servicing over 300 horses. I have held memberships with the International Professional Rodeo Association , the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and the Professional Bull Riders as a bull rider. With my talents of bull riding I have produced a couple of bull riding events, a couple of bull riding school, instructed 3 Sankey Rodeo Schools and entered over 3,000 rodeos from California to Florida. But my passion is to provide the highest quality of cowboy protection. I have taught my bull fighting skills along side some of the best bull riders around such as Cody Custer, Gary Leffew, Cody Hart, Beau Lindley and Lyle Sankey. I have fought bulls all over the Southwestern United States and in Australia, everything from jackpot bull ridings and amateur rodeos to PRCA and IPRA rodeos and even some PBR events.

Over the last couple of years my wife Gina and I along with our three boys, Lane, Cauy and Boyce, have acquired some bucking bulls and started a breeding program as well. We have sub­ contracted for several contractors in the GCPRA, IPRA, PBR and other rodeos and bull ridings throughout the Southwest. Rodeo is not only a tradition, but also a lifestyle we hope to pass down to our children.

Kyle O’Hair, PRCA Bullfighter

Born and raised in Mesa Arizona, Kyle has been involved in rodeo since an early age, either as a contestant or working behind the chutes. He first donned the facepaint and baggies in 2003 to fill in for an injured bullfighter, and has been working rodeos in the Southwest as well as Northern California ever since.

Over the past 13 years he has battled through the blood, sweat and tears to become one of the top Bullfighters in the southwest. Chosen to protect the cowboys at the SWPBR Finals 5 times, AHSRA Finals 6 years, Grand Canyon Pro Rodeo Finals 5 times, and the PacWest Extreme Bullrider Finals twice.

Kyle’s, “pick yourself up, dust yourself off and get back in there” attitude has earned him the respect of his fellow Bullfighters and the Bullriders he protects.

This year Rodeo de Santa Fe will again be hosting an

Exceptional Kids Rodeo.

Open to children between the ages of 4 and 12 with physical and mental exceptionalities, this first annual event is a fun way for children to experience the cowboy way of life first hand. Participants enjoy a variety of simulated rodeo events including riding a “bucking barrel”, roping hay bales, stick horse races, and much more!

The 2018 Exceptional Kids’ Rodeo will take place on Saturday, June 23rd. The Exceptional Rodeo will be held at the Roy Butler Memorial Arena at Rodeo de Santa Fe Grounds. During the Exceptional’ Rodeo performance, all of the children are assisted (as needed) into the rodeo arena by volunteers of the Rodeo de Santa Fe. While the Exceptional Kids’ Rodeo is put on by Rodeo de Santa Fe and its many volunteers, it requires the generosity of the community to make it a total success. If you’d like to cheer on the Exceptional Kids’ Rodeo participants, or help sponsor this event please contact us.